Jul 12, 2020
The Freedom of a Christian
Plants in God’s good earth respond to the showers He sends, producing plants for pasture and crops for harvest. In the psalm, David says it is as if “the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.” It is all natural, and so is our producing fruit for God as His Word works through us. That God works through us sinners is all grace; if we but hear the Word and let the Spirit give us understanding, a bountiful harvest will follow. Jesus likens it to seeds producing yields of up to a hundredfold. Our growth in faith is indeed by the grace of God, and to Him belongs all the credit for the bountiful harvest He reaps through us.
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  • Jul 12, 2020The Freedom of a Christian
    Jul 12, 2020
    The Freedom of a Christian
    Plants in God’s good earth respond to the showers He sends, producing plants for pasture and crops for harvest. In the psalm, David says it is as if “the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.” It is all natural, and so is our producing fruit for God as His Word works through us. That God works through us sinners is all grace; if we but hear the Word and let the Spirit give us understanding, a bountiful harvest will follow. Jesus likens it to seeds producing yields of up to a hundredfold. Our growth in faith is indeed by the grace of God, and to Him belongs all the credit for the bountiful harvest He reaps through us.
  • Jul 5, 2020The Lord Who Gives Rest
    Jul 5, 2020
    The Lord Who Gives Rest
    We all know what it is to work.  Our lives involve work from beginning to end.  Jesus offers rest to those who labor and are heavy laden, not just rest from our daily work, but rest for our souls.  In the forgiveness for sin that Jesus won by His death and resurrection, we receive the peace and rest we need the most.
  • Jun 28, 2020The Power of a Cold Cup of Water
    Jun 28, 2020
    The Power of a Cold Cup of Water
    The first disciples gave up everything to follow Jesus and take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.  What about us?  The Holy Spirit has brought us to faith and empowered us to live as disciples of Jesus.  Today we are reminded that sacrifice and hospitality are two of the marks of a disciple.
  • Jun 21, 2020Proclaiming God’s Word to an Ungodly World
    Jun 21, 2020
    Proclaiming God’s Word to an Ungodly World
    Jeremiah's message was not popular with the people and he spent most of his days running for his life.  As we uphold the Word of God as faithful and true today, we may often face persecution and ridicule from the unbelieving world.  We are encouraged to to stand firm because the Word of the Lord endures forever and our God will give us the victory in Christ Jesus! 
  • Jun 14, 2020Good For What Ails You
    Jun 14, 2020
    Good For What Ails You
    Jesus had compassion on the crowds because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  The ultimate issue for them and for us is sin - an inherited disease from which no one is exempt.  The Good News is that Jesus died and rose again so that forgiveness of sin and eternal life come to all who hear and believe the Gospel call.  Today we rejoice that Jesus is the cure for the sickness of sin!
  • Jun 7, 2020A Faith to Live By
    Jun 7, 2020
    A Faith to Live By
    It's important for us to have a solid foundation in the Christian faith.  Without that foundation, we're not able to live out our faith in the world.  On this Trinity Sunday, we're reminded of the basics of our Christian faith.  We worship one God in three Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  "The Lord if God in heaven above and the earth below.  There is no other."
  • May 31, 2020The Water of Life
    May 31, 2020
    The Water of Life
    Today we hear the Word of God spoken to us that powerful, mighty Word through which the Holy Spirit creates and strengthens the gift of saving faith in us. This faith is like living water flowing through our entire being bringing the refreshment of the forgiveness of all of our sins and a new and godly purpose for the living of our days.
  • May 22, 2020Happy Endings
    May 22, 2020
    Happy Endings
    Ascension is a time of happy endings.  Jesus concludes His earthly ministry and returns to the Father's right hand.  He sends His disciples to share the Gospel message "to the ends of the earth."  Today that mission continues as we are called to be His witnesses and proclaim the message of life and salvation in Jesus Christ.
  • May 16, 2020Following Jesus without Embarrassing God
    May 16, 2020
    Following Jesus without Embarrassing God
    We have the hope of eternal life through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus.  We are saved by grace through faith.  Now we are called by God to put that Christian faith into action.  In the Epistle lesson for today, St. Peter gives us words of encouragement and advice as we strive to follow Jesus and live our Christian faith every day.  
  • May 9, 2020God at Work
    May 9, 2020
    God at Work
    Today we hear the account of the stoning of Stephen.  He was the first martyr of the Christian church.  God was at work in Stephen, even in the midst of his suffering and death.  God is still at work in our world and in our lives.  Nothing, not a coronavirus pandemic, not even death, can separate us from God's love.